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February, 2007

Paul Haschak

Paul Haschak Paul Haschak has been appointed to the position of Coordinator of Collection Management. He comes to the University from the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond where he served for over 17 years, most recently as Collection Development Librarian. He is co-founder, executive editor and a driving force behind E-JASL: The Electronic Journal of Academic and Speical Librarianship founded in 1999. He has co-edited three books: Utopian/Dystopian Literature (Scarecrow, 1994), Corporate Statements (McFarland, 1998) and Challenges facing Academic Librarians Today (Mellon, 2005). He has served as editor and continues as reviewer for several other library publications.

SOUTHcat Catalog Upgraded

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Kathy Wheeler
Electronic Services Librarian

In December, the University Libraries went through an upgrade to our catalog software. Several new features were added that affect the public catalog.

  1. Searches can be quickly limited by location on the Simple Search screen
  2. Searching terms that consist of more than one word no longer requires the use of quotation marks around the terms: eating disorders is a perfectly acceptable search phrase.
  3. Keyword searching sorts by relevance and automatically adds the AND Boolean operator between two terms. For example, a Keyword AND with Relevance search using the two words “eating disorders” is really this search: eating and disorders
  4. This relevance search sorts by the number of times it finds a word in a record. You have the option of sorting your results list by Publication Date – Most Recent First using SOUTHcat’s sort feature if you wish.
  5. An Advanced Boolean Search option allows you to do more complicated searches such as: (math? and women) and history
  6. Truncation can be at the end or the middle of a word: wom?n or encyclo?
  7. Library of Congress and MESH subject headings may be searched by keyword
  8. There is no need to go back to the beginning search screen if you decide to modify your search; a search bar appears on every results list page
  9. Online renewal includes the ability to renew all items at one time instead of checking each individual box – underneath Charged Items there is a drop-down menu that allows you to choose to Renew Checked Items or to Renew all items from University of South Alabama Libraries

Academic Research Center

Richard Wood
Dean of the Libraries

A general purpose computer lab—referred to as the Academic Research Center (ARC)—should open by February 15, 2007 in Room 128 of the University Library. The ARC is conveniently located at the west entrance of the library and will house fourteen workstations for students of the University of South Alabama to use. The purpose of the lab is to give students the ability to integrate online academic materials into presentations or papers, complete other academic assignments requiring those applications, as well as the ability to view online lectures, print class notes, and use course related CD-ROMs or DVDs, etc. Students will also be able to e-mail Word documents or Excel spreadsheets to their professors, or print such attachments sent to them.
The workstations will be configured identical to the CIS labs, SouthPaw lab, and other general purpose labs running DeepFreeze—they will have MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint. The hours of the Academic Research Center will parallel those of the University Library itself and generally be open a half-hour after the library opens and closed one hour prior to closing of the library. Users will be able to print articles or documents to either one of the two high speed digital (networked) printers located in front of the circulation desk. Printing will require the use of the University Library’s TRACcard system. Students will be required to show their USA identification card in order to use the ARC and a student assistant will be available for limited assistance. The lab will not be used for scheduled classes, workshops, or similar activities so that it is always available for easy access by individual students.


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Jan Sauer
Instructional Services Librarian

The Library has subscribed to a database made up entirely of images "covering art, architecture and archeology." This is an art teacher's dream; no more slides and slide projectors needed. If the name sounds familiar it's because ARTSTOR is a cousin to JSTOR. Starting as a Mellon grant, this project attempts to consolidate collections of "architecture, painting, photography, sculpture, decorative arts and design, as well as archeological and anthropological objects, and visual and material culture more generally" in one place. It just loaded its 500,000th image in October. Its purpose is to facilitate teaching, curating and scholarly work. The images are available for fair use web presentations, but are not of print quality and their use is restricted to teaching and "student papers, theses, and dissertations (provided the dissertations are not distributed widely)." If one wants to use the images in a presentation ArtSTOR provides a free downloadable presentation program to which the images and their associated information can be saved, but one must register to use this feature. Try it under the alphabetical list of Articles, Indexes, Databases on the Univ. Libraries' homepage. Turn off any pop-up blocker your browser may have activated. This is not an easy database to use in an advanced mode, but one that is worth it if you are at all interested in the art and visual wisdom of human history.

What is NAAL? And What Does It Do for You?

Dr. Sue Medina
Director of the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries

The Network of Alabama Academic Libraries is a member-governed consortium of Alabama’s public and non-profit private four-year colleges and universities. Since 1984, these institutions have collaborated to share academic library resources to assure that every student and researcher obtains the information needed for a successful educational experience. Their vision and planning focus on developing innovative programs for the efficient, effective, and economical use of Alabama’s limited resources. One of NAAL’s most successful programs is negotiating discounted pricing for licensed electronic content. In addition, NAAL has received federal grants to improve interlibrary loan and document delivery, seamlessly link library systems to share databases, create a publicly-accessible text and image database of unique materials about Alabama history <http//>, and to develop a distributed archive for the long term storage of digital files to protect them from loss in the event of natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, tornados, and fires. (

One of the first programs adopted by NAAL was to deliver the books and journals articles that its members borrowed from each other. To meet NAAL’s mission, the librarians had to develop an efficient and effective delivery system for their resource sharing program. An early “interlibrary loan turnaround time” study found that NAAL’s ILL packages averaged two weeks for delivery via the postal service. This was unacceptable, and the member libraries adopted strategies to improve delivery. Today, NAAL is proud that most items requested via interlibrary arrive within two days of the request. By comparison, national averages for ILL turnaround time still approach two weeks. How do NAAL libraries maintain this remarkable service benchmark.

1.  ILL department efficiency: Every NAAL library examined its ILL operations and streamlined its processes.  Every NAAL library seeks to ship any item available for circulation on the same day the item is requested by a NAAL library. 

2.  Electronic transmission of copies: One of NAAL’s first federal grants (FY1989) funded fax machines for libraries to transmit photocopies of journal articles. When technology enabled scanned materials to be sent via the Internet, NAAL funded ARIEL Document Delivery Workstations for each ILL department. With these workstations, the lending library sends digital copies of journal articles over the Internet.  The requesting library can print articles for delivery to the user—or if allowed by the publisher, even send the digital copy via email to the user.  NAAL’s record for receipt of an ILL article is 25 minutes after the library requested it! NAAL’s average is for requesting libraries to receive transmitted articles within 24 hours---still a remarkable turnaround time.

3. Quickly deliver packages of ILL books: While electronic transmission rapidly delivered photocopied journal articles, books still required physical delivery.  To speed delivery, NAAL contracts with UPS for package delivery.  In FY06, NAAL spent $78,012 for package delivery services to deliver books for interlibrary lending among its members. The NAAL contract with UPS delivers borrowed books to the requesting libraries and also returns them after use to the lending library. In FY06, UPS delivered 15,549 packages between NAAL libraries and reported that 96% were delivered by the next day; 99.9% by the second day. About half of the NAAL members lend enough books to qualify for daily pick-up service--at a cost to NAAL of $16 per week per site. The remaining members use any campus UPS pick-up site but charge the package cost to NAAL. 

The University Library of the University of South Alabama lends enough books to qualify for daily pick-up service by UPS. The Baugh Biomedical Library does not lend as many books as journal articles so it bills UPS package charges to NAAL but uses the campus UPS pick-up site. The NAAL FY06 expenditure for the University Library (including the $16 weekly pick-up fee) was $5,642.59 to ship 1,179 ILL packages to other NAAL members.

100 Greatest American Movies (AFI)

In 2006 the American Film Institute (AFI) announced the 100 Greatest American Movies of all time. The University Library’s Instructional Media Center has a copy of every title on the list. Students in courses such as CA 343: Film History, CA 344: Film and Television Genres, EH 280: Horror and EH 478: Studies in Film have been able to use this collection of media titles to support their course work. Use of our media collection is not limited to support of class assignments. All students and faculty of the University may check out media from the Library’s Instructional Media Center. Check the list to see if there are titles you missed seeing or to see if a personal favorite is listed. The IMC collection is located on the First Floor, North side in the University Library.

Deborah L. Harrington

Deborah Harrington returns to the USA Libraries as Business Librarian at the Mitchell College of Business. Deborah holds both a B.S. in Personnel Administration & Industrial Relations and a Master of Business Administration from USA as well as a Master of Library and Information Service from the University of Alabama. Her previous position was at Salisbury University, Eastern Shore Maryland, where she served as Access Services Manager and Business Information Specialist. She has over 11 years experience as a business librarian and has also served as an instruction coordinator and Web master. Her research interests include online learning/communication, staff development and project management. Deborah said she is excited to return to USA and looks forward to serving MCOB students, faculty, and staff. Deborah harrington photo

Mitchell College of Business Library and Learning Resource Center

Deborah L. Harrington
Business Reference Librarian

Students and faculty of the Mitchell College of Business will soon be able to enjoy the recently constructed Learning Resources Center. This addition to the Mitchell College of Business’ main building is a 15,300 square foot, state of the art facility built at a cost of $2.4 million. It houses the Business Library, a computer lab, group study rooms, the John B. Saint Financial Analysis Center, which replicates a trading floor at a brokerage house, as well as faculty offices for the Department of Accounting.

The Business Library will offer the MCOB students a congenial place to study, undertake research and collaborate on group projects. Ample space and a variety of seating configurations provide a comfortable atmosphere for individual study and group work. The reading area accommodates up to 125 students; the computer lab seats 33 students and 5 group study rooms offer an additional 30 seats. The combination of business research services, a financial analysis center, and a business computer lab in the same facility provide seamless preparation for future business leaders to work in an ever-increasing technological environment.

This specialized library will provide virtual and physical access to a wide variety of information resources which support the curriculum and research needs of the Mitchell College of Business. The MCOB, the University Library Web sites and the campus network provide access to the library’s online resources and services including: SOUTHcat, The University of South Alabama Libraries’ Catalog; general and specialized commercial databases; electronic books; email reference; electronic reserves and interlibrary loan. The Business Library will offer a fully networked wireless environment that facilitates the students’ use of laptop computers to access library databases and services anywhere within the facility. Traditional library resources include a limited, specialized collection of 109 current periodicals (non-circulating), reference works (non-circulating), multimedia and a small collection of 250 popular book titles including best sellers, biographies, corporate histories, and current topics. A fuller collection of materials and historical research resources will be found at the University Library.

A variety of services to facilitate and support the use of the library’s collections and resources will be available. General research assistance or help in getting started with research, in-person or by email or telephone, is provided by all levels of staff. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to schedule a consultation with the business librarian, Deborah Harrington, for assistance with in-depth research.

The business librarian can also collaborate with teaching faculty to develop instruction sessions and webliographies/tutorials that meet the needs of students as they work toward completing class papers and projects. To provide feedback or ideas, suggest materials for the MCOB library, or to arrange an instruction session, please contact Deborah Harrington at:
Email address: Voice: 251-460-7998.

New Accounting Database

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Deborah L. Harrington
Business Reference Libarian

The library has subscribed to the database Accounting Research Manager from CCH. The database has one user sign-in (one at a time) and can be accessed both on campus as well as remotely. The best way to access the database is by going to the Articles, Indexes, Databases on the Library homepage and scroll down to the "A"s. If you cannot get access, wait 15-30 minutes and try again. The electronic resource librarian will also list it on our business
database page:
Accounting Research Manager (ARM) is a comprehensive financial reporting online database providing one-stop access to U.S. and international authoritative and proposal stage literature including:

  • Accounting Standards – FASB, AICPA, EITF, IASB
  • Auditing Standards - AICPA, PCAOB, OMB
  • Government Standards – GASB, GAO, OMB
  • SEC Practice – Background on SEC requirements, the official text of SEC rules and regulations, and guidance on the application of the SEC requirements.

You may conduct a topic search which leads you to key literature or you may narrow results to look for a specific standard through the Advanced Search Screen. After you are logged-in and are on the front page, scroll to the bottom of the screen and see help/training materials under the heading 'Training and CPE'. Find the Quick Reference Card below.

Please try the database and let me know what you think. Also, since we only have one log-in, please remember to click on 'log out' on the left menu after use so another person can access the database.

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3rd Floor Art Gallery Show

Kids' art
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Richard Wood
Dean of the Libraries

An exhibit featuring the art of 4th graders in Mobile and Baldwin counties is on display at the University Library, University of South Alabama, third floor gallery, through February 28, 2007. Over one thousand students from 40 schools participated in an art contest sponsored by The Alabama Marine Resources Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The contest promotes an awareness and appreciation of Alabama's coastal resources by having students depict fishing, marine life, boating, birding, and other aspects of our coastal resources. Over 70 winning entries are included in this year's display. A few 2007 calendars which feature the students' art are available in the gallery area.


Percipio Art Display

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